Light and Shadows Pre-school STEM/ Science Experiments

A lovely calm and cool session on Friday. Tiny Adventurers had the chance to play with light and shadows! The perfect antidote to the summer heat! If you want to calm and cool things down try digging out your torches and closing all the curtains!

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We used a sheet and desk lamp to make shadows. We added a variety of opaque and translucent items to play with.

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We added glow sticks, torches, mirrored card and light up toys.

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We also added Water Bead and Sand Light Boxes!

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Thanks everyone!

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Cheapest Shampoo Play Slime

Supermarket own brand cheapest shampoo makes a perfect Play Slime! Less than 50p for a big bottle and no preparation time needed. It smells great and pearlescent ones are super for mark making.

We added sparkles, scoops, beakers with holes in and a cheap helter skelter toy (marble runs also work very well).

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The key is it has to be viscous enough to move nice and slowly!

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Frozen Play Box and Hammer

Freeze almost anything in ice and give a toddler a play hammer. Instant problem to solve! The frozen water balloons where also a great sensory addition. Keep the balloon on and they go squashy as they melt or remove the rubber to reveal a frozen ball. Younger babies love the feel of the objects in the ice.

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I think I will try fruit next time.

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Sawdust Clay

Here is the Sawdust Clay recipe we used this week from Home Made Clay Recipes Http://clayrecipe.net/sawdust-clay-recipe/ . It air drys hard and produces very nice ornaments.

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Big Sponge Fun

More ideas for passing the time on a hot day! Big bit of sponge (from a soft furnishings shop) and a bit of washing up liquid and water. I can’t help but wonder…what if I could get hold of a really big piece that the kids could jump on? Anyone done this?

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Bubble Snakes

We have a use for all those odd socks! Bubble Snakes. Cut the bottom off of a small plastic bottle. Pull a sock tight over the bottom. Dip it in dish soap and water…and blow!

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Dip the end in paint to make bubble prints too. Simples!

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Shaving Foam and Coloured Ice

Here is a nice and simple, cold and messy idea for the garden. Food colouring in ice cubes and a tub of shaving foam.

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Super for colour mixing. Great sensory play. Enjoy the sun!

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Alphabet Mud

Alphabet (Clean) Mud for tomorrow’s session. This was hard work to make but it looks, feels and smells great!

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It is grated soap (1 bar) or soap flakes, warm water (couple of cups) to make a soapy slime and 2 toilet rolls. Squish the toilet roll until you get a clay.

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Sticky Wall

This can employ even the youngest adventurer for quite a while. A board or box lid. Double sided tape, on to which you put sticky back plastic (the kind used to cover school books), sticky side up of course!

All you need now is a box of little thingies (anything at all) and an enthusiastic baby! Off they go improving their fine motor skills.

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Picture Frame Painting

Perhaps you have an old frame or a piece of perspex, or maybe some patio doors? Painting on transparent surfaces is lots of fun and creates a lovely stained glass effect! Plastic wrap/cling filmed picture frames work so well because its fun to have children painting on both sides! A bit of finger paint and shaving foam goes a long way and washes off of windows easily!

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